Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game in which they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $89, you get the two-hour short game group golf clinic at the Bing Maloney Golf Course on Freeport Boulevard (a $180 value).
In small classes held on actual greens, golfers of all skill levels can improve their short games with pitching and putting guidance from an expert instructor. A graduate of the Professional Golfers Career College, golf guru Jeff Kaiser helps add shine to short games with an emphasis on mastering a proper swing for chipping, putting, and hacking down pin flags.
After discussing the clubs and shots best suited for play around the green, the class of 12–20 students will be led through 45 minutes of chipping instruction, followed by 45 minutes of putting lessons, with a focus on fist-pumps to pair well with top-notch putt and struts. After the instruction, Jeff will be on hand for 30 minutes of supervised practice, during which he'll help with form, offer swing suggestions, and field questions about how Alan Shepard approached his moon-based backswing without gravity's guidance. In addition to the two hours of class time, Bing Maloney's teaching aims to give golfers the ability to self-correct long after the session is over.
Classes are held at one of two practice greens on either side of the complex's well-stocked golf shop. Although not part of this deal, students can practice on one of the 40 hitting stations at the night-lit driving range or test their skills on the beautiful oak-lined championship golf course designed by M.J. McDonaugh.
Nearly 20 Yelpers give Big Maloney Golf Course an average of 3.5 stars:
Bing Maloney Golf Course
In 1947, John B. “Bing” Maloney saw that the city of Sacramento had a golfing problem, and that he, as the superintendent of the city's recreation department, could fix it. The problem lay not with men shirking their familial responsibilities to squeeze in a round, nor with pastors cutting their sermons short in order to join their congregations on the range. Rather, the city's “principal problem,” as he called it, stemmed from the fact that the only existing course was a measly, overcrowded 9-hole layout—a disservice to the golfers of the community, who wanted a bona fide 18-hole loop. He took the matter up with city officials, presenting such a watertight case that they unanimously voted to not only build a new course, but name it after him. Thanks to Mr. Maloney's political strategizing and the design input of M.J. McDonaugh, former associate of the legendary course architect Alister MacKenzie, Bing Maloney Golf Course opened in 1952.
Today, the 125-acre site welcomes golfers with wide fairways lined with stately oak trees and the placid ambiance of mid-century golf-course design. Golfers encounter water just once, on the third tee box, where they must make a choice between flying the pond to reach the green 140 yards away or inventing a golf-ball-sized rocket pack. After a round, players can address newfound kinks in their game at the lighted practice area, which includes a putting green and a 40-station driving range with real grass tee boxes.
Championship Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,569 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 70.8 from the back tees
- Course slope of 121 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole